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ICC Males’s Below-19 World Cup – Nepal beat Afghanistan; WI inch previous England

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Nepal 149 for 9 (Khanal 58, Dawoodzai 3-21, Maroofkhil 2-28) beat Afghanistan 145 (Ghazanfar 37, Chand 5-34, Kandel 2-17) by one wicket

Afghanistan and Nepal had all the pieces to play for in East London on Friday, and play they did – toe-to-toe, inch-for-inch – all the best way to an exciting end amid gripping drama. Nepal received by one wicket ultimately, and entered the Tremendous Six stage of the lads’s Below-19 World Cup on the expense of Afghanistan; however the recreation was, maybe, extra than simply the consequence and the make-up of the following stage of the match.

Nepal appeared to have it within the bag at numerous phases, when first Aakash Chand was working by means of the Afghanistan batting, after which when Dev Khanal, the captain, was stroking his method to an 89-ball 58. But when there’s one factor Afghanistan do not do – at any degree of the sport – it is to surrender. They took it deep, earlier than Subash Bhandari, who had earlier returned 1 for 15 from 8.1 overs, poked at one outdoors off to the legspin of Arab Gul, bought a wholesome edge and despatched it by means of a packed off-side subject for 4. Deal performed. The celebrations had been as wild as the sport itself was.
The win was arrange by Chand, later named Participant of the Match. By the tenth over, Afghanistan had been tottering at 34 for five after having opted to bat. Chand had 4 of these wickets. The fightback got here courtesy Hassan Eisakhil (20) and Naseer Khan Maroofkhil (31), after which Allah Mohammad Ghazanfar (37); however all Afghanistan might put up was 145. Chand completed with 5 for 34, his fifth wicket that of Eisakhil.
Nepal’s reply began virtually as shakily, with Khalil Ahmed and Faridoon Dawoodzai decreasing them to 24 for 3. However a dominant Khanal and a sedate Aakash Tripathi appeared to take the sport away from Afghanistan with a 49-run stand, the perfect of the innings.

A twist needed to come, and it got here within the type of Maroofkhil sending Tripathi again within the twenty fourth over, with the goal nonetheless 73 runs away. Khanal wasn’t going anyplace, although, at the same time as a pair extra wickets fell on the different finish, earlier than being felled by Ghazanfar for 58.

The entire then was 127 for 7. Overs weren’t a difficulty, however Afghanistan had been into Nepal’s tail. Dipak Bohora ensured it wagged sufficient to take Nepal to inside a shot of victory, however he too fell with six runs nonetheless to get. The fielders had been throughout the bat at that stage, and the dot balls piled up; however one way or the other, ultimately, Bhandari discovered a method out.

West Indies 196 for 8 (Pascal 58, Nathan Edward 49*, Tazeem 3-34) beat England 192 (Shaikh 54, Thain 40, Nathan Edward 3-28) by two wickets

Nathan Edward’s all-round efficiency helped West Indies beat England by three wickets and qualify for the Tremendous Six spherical of the 2024 Below-19 World Cup. After West Indies opted to bowl in Potchefstroom, he picked up 3 for 28 together with his left-arm seam to assist bundle England out for a mere 192.
Nathan Edward began by castling Jaydn Denly within the first over of the innings. England captain Ben McKinney and Noah Thain added 50 for the second wicket, earlier than he despatched McKinney again. Thain and Hamza Shaikh, who scored 54 off 83, took England to 97 for two within the twenty first over, however as soon as offspinner Tarrique Edward eliminated Thain, the innings collapsed. At one stage, England had been 146 for 7, however the decrease order dragged them near 200.
West Indies, too, misplaced a wicket within the first over, and had been 31 for two within the sixth. However their captain Stephan Pascal absorbed all of the stress and scored 58 off 84.
Legspinner Tazeem Chaudry Ali tried to maintain England within the contest together with his three wickets, together with that of Pascal. When West Indies misplaced their seventh, the goal was nonetheless 37 runs away, although the asking price was by no means a priority.

However Nathan Edward stood up as soon as once more with an unbeaten 49 off 80 balls. He added 36 off 32 deliveries with Tarrique Edward, by which the latter’s contribution was 5, and hit the profitable boundary to provide his facet a two-wicket win.


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